As mentioned previously, active directory is a process that consists of three distinct units: domain, trees, and jungle. The domain allows active directory objects to be arranged into separate groups as per their purpose and functionality. These groups made under the domain are combined to make trees, and these trees are coupled to form forests. In trees, each domain group is organized in a hierarchy, with authority and level of access to the network resources. For example, AD object 2 may not have similar network access such as AD object 15. This grouping of AD objects is better known as Organizational Units (OU) under a domain. In this article we will explore more about Active Directory Domain Services.
Active Directory Domain Services (ADDS)
As the domain is a significant part of the active directory, it provides Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS). As the name suggests, it aids in managing windows servers. It is one of the most substantial services as it records information and data regarding the interaction between the user and the domain. In application, when an individual tries to log into a website, the AD DS thoroughly checks the user credentials and passwords and then allocates the defined network resources made available for that user.
Advantages of Active Directory Domain Services
- This service provides second-degree protection to the network and also restricts any crossover between domains.
- This service allows IT professionals to efficiently allocate and remove rights and resources to employees or other AD objects which get (or are) enlisted in the active directory.
- Even if it does not play a pivotal role in ensuring cybersecurity, it enhances efficiency through the single sign-on(SSO) capabilities it provides.
- This service allows employees to switch from one server to another to access other resources without entering their user credentials every time, which could be heavily time-consuming. thanks to the domain controller which powers this locomotion for users.
It is important to know that multiple AD objects do not work together under one particular domain structure. It is a management boundary and only allows objects belonging to the same OU to be configured and managed together. This eases administrator tasks for IT admins while operating with multiple OUs.